Copperas Cove firefighters work the scene of a fiery crash in April that left a man dead. A driver crashed his car into a building in the 2200 block of East U.S. Highway 190.

COPPERAS COVE — One man died early Friday when a vehicle crashed into a two-story office building and caught fire.

Three fire engines, two ambulances and one command unit were dispatched at 2:47 a.m. Friday to the accident scene in the 2200 block of East U.S. Highway 190. Upon arrival, they found a car lying on its side against the front of the building, said Gary Young, Cove deputy fire chief. The car, the building front and an office unit were engulfed in flames.

Once the flames were extinguished, the driver was found dead. His identity was not released Friday.

Yongok Madayang, owner of the office building, said at least five businesses rent units in her complex — the Hair Artist, Texas State Low Cost Insurance, Ann’s Nails, Tattoo U and Bonafide Realty.

“I got a call just after 3 this morning that my building was on fire and that a car was stuck inside the insurance office,” she said.

Tanja Orlando, who was at the scene Friday morning, said she heard the car hit a pole, went airborne, flipped once and landed on its side on the porch of the office building.

“We haven’t been able to get inside, but the windows were melted and there was a lot of smoke damage on the front door,” she said.

The building will remain closed until repairs are made, but Madayang planned to move her tenants temporarily to another building she owns on U.S. Highway 190.

Police and fire officials are investigating the accident, Young said.

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